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Taranta

4.7
2000 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
Distinguished Chef Jose Duarte delights with a very unique and unusual marriage between Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine. Taranta is the ideal location for a corporate function, private function rooms are available, and also corporate teambuilding cooking classes. We are located in the North End and we offer validated parking at the parcel 7 garage. Taranta is a Green Restaurant and has received the City of Boston Green Business Award. It was also named one of the Best New Restaurants of the Decade by Zagat and the top 50 Restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Peruvian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday – Sunday; 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 720-0052
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Duarte
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Catering
None
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cross
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Parking details
Validated at Parcel 7 garage on Congress Street
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Public transit
Haymarket or Government Center T Stop on the Green line or Orange line
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Special events & promotions
Taranta offers private cooking classes for groups of 15 or more, and culinary adventures to Peru. Check our website for more information!
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2000 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Unique twist on traditional menu items. Great place for foodies looking to mix it up a little. Excellent service, very relaxed atmosphere.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was good—- everything was pretty good and they had GF options.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was good despite the fact that the restaurant was packed! Been here several times and have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, amazing food. Everyone at the table was delighted with the dish they had ordered. We even had dessert even though we were full, and it was also wonderful. Service was perfect. Cannot wait to come back!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went for a friend’s birthday with a crew of 8. Very nice ambiance and upscale food and wine

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I think the server was too busy. We didn't get attention for a long time after getting our meal, and mine wasn't prepared as i asked. It should have been a simple solution, but he didn't look at us for over 30min!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was my son’s 13th birthday. The food was good, staff was nice, however we had to climb three flights of stairs to get to our table. The odd thing is - there were plenty of empty tables on the 1st & 2nd floor. We were the ONLY people in this “attic like” room. To go to the bathroom meant going down 4 flights of stairs. When I asked about getting one of the empty tables on the first two floors; I was told they were booked for the evening. However, when we left an hour & half later - 90% of those same empty tables were STILL empty. Very confusing & but off-putting.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Delicious food & great service.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fantastic Italian in the North End! Excellent seafood and pasta! Will return there the next time we head back to Boston.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

This was our 2nd visit to Taranta and it didn't disappoint! Maris was our waiter who was excellent as well as very knowledgeable about the menu. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Enjoyed the food !

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The food is over the top great! Creative and delicious. Service is just right. Don’t have enough great things to say about Taranta for a large group or intimate dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent blend of Peruvian and Italian dishes with a flair. It provides a unique and welcome variation of the overall excellent Italian food so characteristic of the North End restaurants.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding, creative, Italian/Peruvian fusion cooking. Highly recommended. Warm and cozy atmosphere and great service too!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Having moved to an apartment from the suburbs to near the North End several months ago, we have been checking off North End restaurants since September. Recently we loved the newly opened Monica’s and the established Tratoria Il Panino. For our birthday celebration we selected a restaurant that had been suggested by good friends...Taranta. Despite a Nor’easter squall outside the dining area was comfortable and intimate. The waiter was quite knowledgeable in his suggestions and had great descriptions of the entrees and drinks. He even showed us a photo of a huge Amazon river fish just like the filet we ordered. Love the fusion of Peruvian and Italian! Our cocktails were the best I’ve had in the North End and elsewhere in Boston. Our entrees were espresso encrusted tenderloin and the special fish (which I can’t recall the name of but started with a P). Service was attentive yet allowed us to enjoy our meal and linger. Unfortunately the espresso machine wasn’t working, but the chocolate lava cake was perfect and included was a candle to celebrate our birthdays. All in all Taranta is a “10” and it’s our new favorite North End/Boston restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We had a work dinner at Taranta and enjoyed our time very much. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for fantastic Italian/Peruvian cuisine!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My wife and I had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at Taranta. Food good. Fun time. Nice people. Would do again.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Skip Valentine's Day Dinner. Taranta normally has a great menu with fair prices but they, like so many in the North End, take advantage of diners of Valentine's Day. The atmosphere was decent, it's a great restaurant but the normal white tablecloths were covered in white paper, no crayons in sight. The tables were all set for 2, but they were stacked too close for comfort and we ended up hardly being able to talk and enjoy each other.

Our server was polite, timely, and overall very helpful so he still received a full 20%+ tip despite the overall experience. The main complaint was the food. Pre-Fixed menu looked great at first, good variety and quality ingredients. The end result disappointed. The Beef Tenderloin had clearly been par-cooked to speed up service. You could see where the cooking twine had been wrapped. Normally I wouldn't complain about a cooking method if the end result was decent. I ended up with a gray, overcooked exterior that was difficult to chew wrapped around a completely raw, not medium rare, interior. The sides on the entree clearly were cooked in mass, like a catered meal. Desserts were decent but overall it came nowhere near the value for $70 per person.

Taranta is still a good restaurant and I am torn leaving this review, but I don't want other diners expecting a romantic night out to be disappointed as I was.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Nice place, cozy atmosphere. Great flavorful food, interesting menu. Baby octopus appetizer was delicious. Pleasant ,attentive service.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious food!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. Really enjoyed the dishes we ordered and the overall experience.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful service and the food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This was the best meal I’ve had in I don’t know how long. The gnocchi were absolutely delicious. The menu is at once familiar and creative and every dish is thoughtful and fun. We’ll definitely be coming back and recommending to others. Take the time to read about the chef on their website, great story and great ethos for the restaurant. Very impressive place all around.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Creative mix of Peruvian and Italian cuisine. Great wine list, fun cocktails (all Pisco based). Paiche (Amazon river fish) was SO GOOD. Friends had mushroom and truffle pasta, casava root gnocchi, sweet potato ravioli, and steak. Everyone LOVED their meal.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is always amazing here and the service was incredible. Our waiter was very attentive without being intrusive. Great suggestions on wine as well. A great creative menu!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

As always, we had a delicious meal! We celebrated my son's birthday here and not only had enjoyed the food but the company with no rushing. Waiter was attentive and spot on!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Dinner with Tony

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food is always outstanding and the service and location are excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful, creative dishes in Boston's North End. Taranta isn't your typical red sauce Italian place. We've dined there several times and always enjoyed the food and service. It's a bit pricey, but worth it for special celebrations.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Went to this restaurant twice in a week as my son had looked up the reviews and cuisine. Enjoyed the food immensely, from the homemade tagliatelle with pomodoro sauce to the lamb shank, fabulous. Great atmosphere, small, quiet and private. We missed meeting the Chef who wasn't on site when we were there. He has a well-deserved reputation.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Made a reservation for New Years Eve dinner. Food and service were exceptional! They might have crammed a couple too many tables in, though. That said, for an extremely busy night, out party was very impressed with the quality of the food as well as the service. It was our first time to Taranta, and I honestly don’t know how we hadn’t heard of, or been to this place. We will go back!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this place. We moved away from Boston 3.5 years ago but were back for the Holidays and made it a point to visit it again!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Taranta is always a go-to for me, no matter the occasion. The staff is wonderful and the food never disappoints. Salut!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We had dinner with friends at Taranta before a show at the Improv Asylum. I had to change the reservation from 3 to 8! They accommodated us with a beautiful table on the second floor. The menu has something for everyone and I had trouble deciding what to order. I will just have to go back! Our server was pleasant and professional. The food was served piping hot which in this weather was most welcome! People have lots of choices in the North End, but I would put this place on your list! Happy New Year!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Very interesting spin on Italian food! We all had interesting plates! Experimental and modest but really lovely! Great Christmas Eve dinner!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

delicious unique food in a beautiful exposed-brick atmosphere. The Amazon fish and the beef tenderloin truly delicious.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall/ very good. Tasty food and good service. We enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

We've been to Taranta a number of times and have never been disappointed. Our meal on this visit was as expected - outstanding in every respect. Service was professional, conscientious and attentive. We're already planning our next visit to experience different offerings on Tranta's interesting menu.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We ate at Taranta with friends who were in visiting from out of town. We were seated right away, and our waiter was kind enough to suggest we put our food orders in all at once because the kitchen was so busy.

Pros:
-The mussels appetizer was worth it.
-Unique, well-executed dishes. The Italian-Peruvian fusion is a nice change of pace from other North End fare.
-The wine list is good.

Cons
-The chicken was a little overcooked and dry.
-They were out of several of the wines on the list.
-The tables were packed very close together.

Nevertheless, a solid staple. I'd return again.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Lovely staff. Great food. Restaurant was at capacity because of the holiday season so service was a bit slot. Will definitely return and recommend to others.

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